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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Idea's Mirror: poem 1 of my new Michael Drayton-Brexit transposition (temporary post)

I have run out of the sonnets of Michael Drayton in his 1619 Idea which I have been using to write the sonnet sequence Bad Idea, the latest part of The English Strain. I write about it extensively (with lots of explanation, the odd photo, and links) in the hub post HERE:


Despite the various schemes outlined there, I plan to continue this Brexit work with Idea’s Mirror, using extra Drayton sonnets jettisoned on his way to the definitive 1619 edition.

I dreamt about Boris Johnson all night, it seemed, the effect of catching a portion of a documentary which confirmed my opinion of him as a power-hungry delusional with no sense of how that power might be used since he has no opinions, to speak of. No centre.

Idea, Drayton’s ideal woman, seems to have had the same dream, and sings so. The epigraph may be for all of the sonnets or maybe only this one. We’ll see.

Idea’s Mirror

                        Amidst those shades wherein the Muses sit,
                                    Thus to Idea, my Idea sings…
                                                                                    Michael Drayton



Later poems are up now on this blog. Click on HOME to the right of this post (and scroll down to find the latest). They are only there for a week or so.


As I say, I have selected these poems so that they move backwards through the various editions of Drayton’s poems. The originals are rare so I shall post each as I go.


The poems are found in MINOR POEMS OF MICHAEL DRAYTON

 

CHOSEN AND EDITED BY CYRIL BRETT OXFORD AT THE CLARENDON PRESS 1907

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17873/17873-h/17873-h.htm#Page_1

 

The epigraph derives from, ‘To Idea’, in E N D I M I O N and   Phœbe , IDEAS LATMVS. This is drawn from the Renascence Editions text, which was transcribed by Risa S. Bear, November 2000, from the edition of 1595.‘Endymion and Phœbe,’ n.d., 4to, entered in the Stationers' Register, 12th April 1594.